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From the National Theatre, a trickster play that misses a trick
As is to be expected from such a cryptic title, few of us are likely to have ever heard of the tiny Caribbean island of Providence, which was settled by English explorers aboard the Seaflower in 1630, as they desperately…
This is a modest book about a modest man who led anything but a modest life
Since the 18th century, a white feather has been a symbol of cowardice handed to men by patriotic groups in order to shame those who were not soldiers
The hunt for Sir John Franklin’s ships Erebus and Terror – which went missing in 1845, searching for the Northwest Passage – continued for more than a century and a half, and was driven by that most basic of human…
The world’s leading health organisations were not easily convinced that total eradication of polio would be possible. Great success had been achieved in both Europe and the US during the 1950s and 1960s but could we ever wipe out a…
China is currently undergoing ‘one of the great religious revivals of our time’, writes Johnson, with hundreds of new places of worship – temples, mosques, churches – opening each year, and millions of new worshippers using them
‘It is interesting and mind-stretching to make educated guesses,’ writes Daniel Franklin in his introduction to this collection of essays and stories, each addressing fundamental questions about the technology which will govern our lives 30 years hence. The educated guesses…

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